The Beginning Of The End, Or Just A Lull?

4 comments October 24th, 2008at 07:15am Posted by Eli

McCain’s smear campaign, with the “help” of third-party groups, has been not just unsuccessful, it has blown up in his face, destroyed the “Maverick” brand he spent 20 years fabricating cultivating, and made most Americans less likely to vote for him.

Will our simple-minded political pundits and consultants see this as a sign that Americans won’t stomach this kind of campaign anymore, or just that McCain and the GOP executed very poorly this year, or that Obama countered it very well, or that the economic conditions just weren’t right for it?  And will Democratic consultants take some lessons from Team Obama on how to combat Republican smears?

I would love to see Republican candidates forced to try to win on their own merits, because they have none.

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. See the Big Picture  |  October 24th, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Hate to say it, but the narrative’s already being written:

    1. ACORN’s “rampant voter registration fraud” skewed the election.
    2. The “progressives” and “liberals” engineered the financial crisis to skew the election.
    4. Obama’s refusal of public financing unfairly skewed election fundraising, and therefore public financing should be made mandatory.
    5. McCain would have won if he hadn’t been following Bush.
    6. ACORN is bad, mmmkay?

  • 2. Eli  |  October 24th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    That’s the Republican narrative, certainly. But I’m not so sure that it’ll reach the mainstream, even with the corporate media.

  • 3. Cujo359  |  October 25th, 2008 at 6:27 am

    My own guess is that it’s the economy, followed by the Obama campaign’s ability to handle smears. I think the 401Ks going “pfffft” got a lot of peoples’ attention. There was a noticeable surge in support for Democratic candidates near the beginning of September, when the bad news really started hitting.

    I hope other campaigns take lessons, by the way, because I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of this sort of campaign from the GOP.

  • 4. Eli  |  October 25th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Yeah, if nothing else, I hope every Democratic consultant in the country is watching and learning *this* is how you handle smears. If they counterattack effectively and turn the smears back on their source, the Republicans will eventually *have* to give them up out of simple self-preservation.

    But this is all in a perfect world, of course. Democratic consultants tend to be epically thick.

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